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The School Psychology program is a 60 credit program which awards a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study upon completion of the program. Students first complete a 30 credit program which meets the requirements of a Master of Science in Education degree. They then complete the remainder of the 60 credit program which leads to certification as a School Psychologist in Wisconsin and most other states. The UW-L school psychology program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, is accredited by the National Council for Accredi-tation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and has Full Approval from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Upon completion of all program requirements students are eligible for full state certification/liscensure and for certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP).

The school psychology program prepares graduate students for certification as school psychologists through academic course work, 750 hours of supervised school practica, and a one year, 1200 hour school internship. The school psychology knowledge base includes areas of professional school psychology, educational psychology, psychological foundations, educational foundations, and mental health. To provide psychological serivces in education, graduates of the school psychology program must also have considerable knowledge of curriculum, special education, and pupil services. Graduates of the program are employed in public schools or educational agencies which serve public schools.

The emphasis of this program is to train school psychologists who are effective teacher, parent and school consultants. The program also emphasizes a pupil services model which addresses the educational and mental health needs of all children. Graduate students are placed in local schools as early and intensively as possible. During their second, third, and fourth semesters students spend two days per week working in local schools under the direct supervision of experienced school psychologists. During these school practica, students develop professional skills in assessment, consultation, intervention, counseling, and case management. Many of the core courses require projects which are completed in the schools during practica.

An information and application packet can be obtained by writing the school psychology program director, Psychology Department, University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, 1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI 54601. In addition to meeting all the requirements established for general graduate admissions, students must also meet school psychology program requirements before admission to the program. These additional requirements include: complete official transcripts of all higher education course work/degree(s), three letters of recommendation, scores on the GRE general section (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytic), a sample of precision writing, a resume of educational and work experience, and a Statement of Purpose.


This may be completed in one of three ways:

Plan A -- Thesis option

1) 30 graduate credits with a minimum of 15 credits of graduate-only level course work.
2) Completion of the following: PSY 451/551, 420/520, 752, 757, 775, SPY 700, 758, 762.
3) Passing scores on all three areas of the PPST (if the student entered undergraduate study after July 1, 1987)
4) SPY 799 (2-6 credits) Master's Thesis.

Plan B --

Same as A above except with the substitution in number four of SPY 761 (two credits) Seminar Paper.

Plan C --

Same as A above except with the substitution in number four of satisfactory completion of written comprehensive examinations which cover psychological foundations and core professional skills and knowledge. These examinations are only scheduled Semester II of each year. If a student fails any of the examinations, only one repeat of the failed comprehensive will be allowed. Repeats are administered during the second week of the first summer term.


1) Completion of a Master of Science in Education in School Psychology.
2) A minimum of 60 graduate credits, with no more than one third of these from courses not exclusively for graduate students.
3) A passing score (set by the National Association of School Psychologists) on the National School Psychology Examination.
4) Completion of a professional portfolio which includes two assessment cases, two intervention/consultation cases, a needs assessment, and a pupil services project.
5) Completion of all required course work and area requirements listed below.

A. Psychological Foundations

Complete three credits in each of the following areas. Course work completed at the undergraduate level need not be repeated. At least nine credits must be completed at the graduate level:

Developmental Psychology
PSY 410/510Advanced Developmental Psychology 3 credits
PSY 710 Educational Psychology: Human Development 3 credits
Cognitive Psychology
PSY 435/ Cognitive 535 Processes 3 credits
PSY 770 Educational Psychology: Learning and Instruction 2-3 credits
MTH 205 Elementary Statistics 4 credits
EFN 735 Interpretation of Statistical Data 3 credits
Childhood Behavior Disorders
PSY 717 Behavior Disorders in Children 3 credits
Research Methods
PSY 420/520 Advanced Research Methods 3 credits
Personality Theories
PSY 402/502 Personality Theories, Models and Measures 3 credits
Psychological Measurement
PSY 451/551 Psychological Measurement 3 credits
Or electives approved by the school psychology program director.

B. Educational Foundations

Complete three credits in each of the following areas. Course work completed at the undergraduate level need not be repeated. At least six credits must be completed at the graduate level.

Human Relations
EFN 205 Understanding Human Differences 3 credits
EFN 705 Human Relations in School and Community 3 credits
Regular Education Methods of Curriculum
EFN 300/500 School Curriculum Design 3 credits
Special Education Methods
SPE 418/518 Mental Retardation 3 credits
SPE 420/520 Learning Disabilities Theory, Assessment and Intervention 3 credits
Educational Foundations
SPE 716 Teachers and the Law 3 credits
RDG 328/528 Reading in the Content Areas 3 credits

Or electives approved by the School Psychology program director.

C. Core Professional Training
Complete each of the following courses. At least 36 credits must be completed in this area.
SPY 700 School Psychology: Role and Function 3 credits
PSY 757 Intellectual Assessment: Theory and Applications 2 credits
SPY 758 Individual Intellectual Assessment: Laboratory 3 credits
PSY 752 Assessment and Remediation: Learning and Behavior Problems I 3 credits
PSY 753 Assessment and Remediation: Learning and Behavior Problems II 3 credits
SPY 762 Supervised Practicum I in School Psychology 3 credits
SPY 763 Supervised Practicum II in School Psychology 3 credits
SPY 764 Supervised Practicum III in School Psychology 3 credits
PSY 775 Cognitive -- Behavior Interventions 2 credits
PSY 771 Effective Interviewing 1 credit
PSY 772 Counseling and Therapy Methods 3 credits
PSY 776 Psychological Consultation in the Schools 2-3 credits
PSY 759 Personality Assessment 3 credits
PSY 754 Concepts and Applications of Pupil Services 2 credits

Or electives approved by the School Psychology program director.

D. Internship in School Psychology

Internships must be in a school setting, total 1,200 hours, and be supervised by a certified school psychologist and a UW-L school psychology instructor. Complete six credits of SPY 797, Internship in School Psychology.


Students who complete only the master's degree or who do not complete the entire program are not eligible for certification/ licensure as a School Psychologist. Provisional certification is granted after completion of all master's degree requirements, all program course requirements, 750 hours of school practicum, and 60 hours of graduate study (no more than one third of which can be from courses not exclusively for graduate students.) Students are eligible for full certification/licensure upon completion of all the requirements for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, including a 1,200 hour school internship.

This catalog is a record of graduate programs, courses, policies, staff and facilities as of April 1, 1997. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse reserves the right to change any of the information in this catalog at any time and without giving prior notice. This catalog does not establish a contractual relationship. For a further explanation of your rights and responsibilities as a student please see the Welcome and Note to Students section.

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